After the release of the new world rankings in chess, the great success of Fabiano Caruana sticks out; the Italian advanced from 9th onto 3rd rank in the international ranking of the World Chess Association FIDE. Magnus Carlsen from Norway remains top of the list.
Caruana’s Elo increases by 20 points
The number one in world rankings, Magnus Carlsen, sustained a minor loss of only two points since the last rating in June. His score dropped from 2864 to 2862 in July. The Armenian Levon Aronian, however, remains in 2nd position at an unaltered rating of 2813. Avonian is now followed by the Italian top-talent Caruana, who could increase his score from 2774 to 2796 points! The 21 year-old therefore made up six ranks. The Russian player Vladimir Kramnik, on the contrary, lost 19 points and descended onto 4th place at an Elo of 2784.
World Champion Anand falls behind, runner-up Gelfand gained ground
The current World Champion Visvanathan Anand found himself passed by four competitors according to the new FIDE world rankings. At a rating of 2775 Anand drops back onto 8th place, although he was in 4th position at 2786 just last month. Only two points shorter is the current runner-up World Champion Boris Gelfand. The Israeli, who was born in Belarus, was defeated by Anand at last year’s World Championship in Moscow, but now ranks right behind him in 9th place with an Elo of 2773. Gelfand advanced three ranks, which was definitely triggered by the victory of the 8th Tal Memorial in Moscow.
Three Russians under Top 6 chess players of the world
The biggest share of Top 10 chess players of the world is currently contributed by Russia. Along with Kramnik in 4th, Alexander Grischuk and Sergey Karjakin came of 5th and 6th (Elo 2780 and 2776). No other country provides more than one player under the Top 10. Leinier Dominguez, winner of the FIDE Grand Prix at Thessaloniki, came close to the best ten. He advanced from rank 23 to 13 at an Elo of 2757 (+30). The best German chess player continues to be Arkadij Naiditsch, who fell one rank behind onto 34th. He remains the only German in the Top 100 ratings of the FIDE. The only Austrian among the Top 100 is Markus Ragger, who enhanced to an Elo of 2680 and moved up from rank 70 to 64.
written by Michael, translated by Birthe